April BarkBox Review!

Ani has had a pretty exciting month; she celebrated a birthday (she turned one on the 18th!), met some new doggy friends, enjoyed some beautiful Spring weather, and received her BarkBox! The best part of it is, Ani’s BarkBox was delivered on her birthday! What a great birthday gift! (Not that she didn’t get three brand new toys earlier that day.) I was thrilled my little birthday girl could enjoy another great birthday surprise! We opened that brown box to lots of goodies. Talk about spoiled pup! Five items and all for her? I’d say she’s one lucky girl. She couldn’t resist getting her cute button nose right in that box.

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Let’s get started.

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I’ll start off with Ani’s favorite gift. Once she got her mouth on this there was no getting it away from her. This adorably spooky toy is a product of Loopies. It’s much more durable than most squeaker toys. It’s long legs make it excellent for a game of tug-o-war and it’s tennis ball head makes it great for a game of fetch! Ani is obsessed.

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Have you ever opened a bag of dog treats and wondered how these smell better than your own food? These treats smell great. I couldn’t believe it! These soft, chewy, and grain-free treats make great training treats. They are slightly small for larger dogs. Off-Leash treats did a nice job capturing Ani’s attention!

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Riley’s Organics did an awesome job making sure our pets are held to the highest standard. These treats are free of corn, soy, wheat, sugar, and preservatives! It’s great knowing our dogs are given the same opportunity to live a healthy and smart lifestyle. Feeding your dog the right products makes all the difference.

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Oh Barkworthies – my pooch is thoroughly impressed with your 100% beef bladder yummy treat. Maybe not very tempting for us human owners, but Ani sure enjoys it! This is a great alternative from the traditional rawhide chew. These bully sticks are chemical and preservative free making them a favorite in my household.

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Who doesn’t enjoy a smoothie? Us humans shouldn’t be the only ones who can enjoy one – what about our pups? Mr. Barksmith answered our dogs prayers! They’ve created a carrot cake smoothie treat just for our canine friends. This smoothie treat consists of apples, bananas, and carrots; pop it in the freezer for a cold treat or as it is! This yummy blend of fruits and veggies was a favorite.

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If you’re wondering how you can get started with your very own BarkBox check out my January BarkBox Review. I would recommend BarkBox for all my furry friends. Ani receives the best goodies every month! It’s definitely worth it!

Hope everyone had a great April! For those who shared an April birthday with Ani – she wishes you a Happy Birthday! Enjoy!

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Bayley & Ani

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February BarkBox Review!

February didn’t disappoint. BarkBox was delivered to my front steps yesterday. Was I thrilled to see that box waiting for me(I mean Ani)? Yes. I couldn’t wait very long to open the little brown box! As soon as I stepped foot inside I grabbed the scissors and popped that box open, folded back that adorable gift wrap, and there they were; the goods! There were five items made up of treats and toys. My Wheaten, Ani, knew something exciting was happening as she walked her paws up the kitchen counter trying to check it out. A squeak! Ani’s favorite noise. It was a new baby (we call Ani’s stuffed animal toys babies). She and I knew this was going to be a great box…

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If you’re not sure how BarkBox works check out my January BarkBox review! I go in depth about what BarkBox is all about and how to get your pet started! I would recommend it to anyone. I love gifts and so does Ani – these are the best kinds too. You never know what you’re going to get. Surprise! It also makes a great gift for an animal lover. That’s how I got stated!

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The items:

Who doesn’t like a eco-friendly stuffed toy? Ani sure does. This penguin from Sprocket Pet Goods is great! It’s colorful, organic, and recycled. It’s vibrant blue color is inviting. The cotton is organic and recycled. There’s a squeaky center and a bouncy bottom! It actually resembles a cute version of a bowling pin while it bobbles and wobbles around. I love everything about this toy. Eco-friendly got me!

I don’t know about you, but my dogs (especially Ani) have terribly bad breath. When I saw Twistix I couldn’t wait to open that bag and immediately pop one in each of their mouths. What are Twistix? They are treats, but not just any treat. These are treats that clean teeth and freshen breath! These are all-natural wheat/corn free vanilla mint twisted sticks. The minty freshness lingered out of their mouths – boy was I happy! Very pleased.

Treats! More treats! These are my favorite. These are grain/gluten free lamb treats by Superior Farms. These heart-shaped biscuits are just a reminder of how much we really love our pets.

What are these bully flakes all about? I wasn’t sure because I had never used them nor have I needed to. These are for picky eaters. Spread the flakes over your picky eaters food and voila! Like magic, they eat! (This is what I’ve heard at least) Anyway, these bully flakes are 100% ground bully sticks which are a bull’s genitals – yes shocking! That’s all I’ll say.

A Heartland Premium bone! These bones look like they’ll last a lifetime – very appetizing! (Just make sure you rip that plastic off before your pup snags it out of their box – it looks that delicious) These bones are sourced from cows born and bred in Omaha, Nebraska. Enjoy!

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Unfortunately, Ani enjoyed her penguin a little too much. The penguins nose didn’t last. Can you see the evidence hanging out of her mouth?

Well as long as it was worth it!

Bayley & Ani

Wheat-Free Dog Biscuits

“Gluten-free”, “grain/corn-free”, “100% natural”, “no artificial coloring/flavors”, “made in the USA.” Don’t these terms excite you? These terms excite me! I think it’s great that our society has focused on improving our dogs’ health. Our animals are a part of our family and they deserve to eat just as well as we do. Fortunately, so many dog food brands give them that opportunity. Isn’t that great!? I’m going to show you how to make your own wheat-free dog biscuits! They’re super easy, super fun, and dogs love them!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Oatmeal, old fashioned
1/3 cup Applesauce, unsweetened
2 cups Barley Flour
2 tbsp Olive oil
1/3 cup Cheddar Cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
3 tbsp Water

(I told you they were easy)

But wait it gets better…

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper; set aside.

2. Put all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, mix together! (manually)

3. Roll out mixture between two sheets of plastic wrap. Once mixture is rolled out, remove plastic wrap and cut out biscuits with your bone-shaped cookie cutter.

4. Place biscuits on baking sheet and place in oven for 30 minutes. Biscuits should be browned and firm.

5. When baking is finished remove biscuits from baking sheet and place on a wire rack to cool.

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This mixture is extremely simple. Took seconds to combine ingredients. Formed very nice!

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After I removed the top layer of plastic wrap. Rolled out nicely!

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The finished product!

Don’t these dog biscuits look yummy? I think they smelled pretty yummy too because I had a couple furry friends lingering around the kitchen! (even before they came out of the oven!) Unfortunately, Ani wasn’t able to try them because I’m out of town babysitting her two friends, Riley and Sasha! I promise I’ll save you some Ani!

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Riley and Sasha were fans of the wheat-free biscuits!

Riley and Sasha loved these biscuits! These are guilt-free dog treats and by guilt-free I’m talking about us! I know we all want to show our pets how much we love them and sometimes we use treats to show our love. These treats are healthy, sugar-free, and GUILT-FREE! Now that doesn’t mean we should over feed them, but it’s nice knowing that we’re loving our pet and keeping them healthy at the same time!

I hope your babies enjoy their treats!

Bayley & Ani